Trying to determine what to learn subsequent may be overwhelming, particularly with the variety of wonderful science fiction and fantasy books that come out yearly. But dozens of GuideTokers — TikTokers who concentrate on books, from sharing favorites to critiquing classics — are right here to assist.
We’ve made a listing of a few of our favourite GuideTokers who both concentrate on SFF, or have broad style that features plenty of speculative books. Fear not; this listing expands past the a lot hyped books like Olivie Blake’s The Atlas Six or Sarah J. Maas’s quite a few fantasy titles. This isn’t an exhaustive listing both — the extensive world of GuideTookay is filled with creators who do wonderful work. We’ll add to this listing as we discover new favorites.
To kick issues off, Faye has SFF suggestions galore — particularly books with queer illustration — together with plenty of lighthearted comedy about style tropes and the inevitable haze of popping out from studying an extended fic. Come for the books, and keep for the extremely rad rotation of hair colours and kinds (but additionally for the books, clearly).
Camille Kelly’s TikToks vary from suggestions — like this listing of books with a “fanfiction-y feel” — to jokes about their very own bookish habits or bits about basic literature and fantasy. Science fiction and fantasy books are peppered all through these movies. They’re nice to comply with not simply to broaden studying suggestions, however so as to add extra humor to your feed.
Evan’s focus is on SFF, although his style leans fantasy. His TikToks vary from considerate evaluation of particular person titles, like V.E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Elder Race, to greatest books of the yr, all-time favorites, and guide hauls. His movies can have a tendency towards the longer aspect, since they’re analysis-heavy — however they’re very accessible, and an excellent alternative for these simply beginning to get into SFF or seasoned readers who wish to dig deeper.
Ares recommends tons of SFF like hefty fantasy collection, graphic novels and comics (like Saga and Monstress), in addition to manga. Ares additionally shares sources to assist readers diversify the authors featured on their cabinets. (And once I see somebody who loves Ken Liu’s Dandelion Dynasty, I have to characteristic them.)
If you like SFF tropes and wish to add to that to-read stack, you’ve come to proper place. Sam makes plenty of particular suggestions primarily based on tropes and themes like feminine rage, hero to villain, or darkish academia — together with sharing queer readings of SFF.
Adannia’s style is broad and pretty omnivorous, together with literary fiction like Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom in addition to romance and YA. Of course, she additionally options tons of science fiction and fantasy, with a concentrate on an inclusive vary of reads — that includes plenty of SFF heavy hitters like Octavia E. Butler and Nnedi Okorafor. Adannia’s TikToks additionally contact on topics like anti-Blackness in GuideTookay (and in publishing and criticism extra broadly).
Lee’s style can be very broad, however with a concentrate on worldwide authors — particularly along with her present 2022 focus, the “Reading Across Africa” problem. (In her Storygraph, yow will discover books she’s learn, organized by the nation the guide is ready in or the nation the creator is writing from.) Throughout the yr, she’s additionally shared her favourite speculative books written by African authors, together with books revealed in America that have been impressed by African mythology. She additionally originated a pattern the place GuideTokers share photos of their favourite books within the thumbnail — shopping these is a good way to rapidly discover different creators to comply with.
Melissa Blair, who can be the creator of A Broken Blade, recommends a broad vary of books, together with science fiction and fantasy, typically highlighting indigenous authors (like Karen McBride, who wrote Crow Winter, a speculative literary fiction work). I’d suggest watching her tour of her native bookstore, the place she factors out nice books from indigenous authors in Canada and the United States.
If you have been searching for queer suggestions, you’ve come to the suitable place. Claire champions books from throughout genres — with a frequent concentrate on science fiction — however they do a superb job of highlighting queer SFF in addition to sapphic books of every kind. (Hello, Gideon the Ninth.) They even have a superb listing of books to learn if you happen to like D&D.
If you’re trying so as to add extra Latinx authors to your shelf, you’ll be able to’t go mistaken with Johanna’s suggestions. This guide haul alone has a ton of fantastic books to dig into (Fans of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Gods of Jade and Shadow stand up!!!).
Madi Lim recommends books throughout a wide range of genres, however science fiction and fantasy are in common rotation. She additionally makes “BookTok News” TikToks devoted to information — and GuideTookay tea — from film adaptation bulletins to conventions gone mistaken. Some of her suggestions embody Sue Lynn Tan’s Daughter of the Moon Goddess and Aiden Thomas’ Cemetery Boys.
If you’re within the temper for plenty of SFF lists to dig by way of, particularly centered on granular themes — like city fantasy or fallen heroes — or just books with a sure stage of “spice” (GuideTookay communicate for a way specific or sizzling a guide is), Erin Fehres’ account is for you. Peppered with lists and particular person suggestions, there’s heaps to select from.
Amivi runs a bookclub known as “Sapphic and Proud” with queer favorites throughout genres, together with science fiction and fantasy. They share tons of sapphic must-reads and fantasy suggestions from Black writers, with favorites that embody Ayana Gray’s Beasts of Prey and N.E. Davenport’s The Blood Trials.
Ayushi champions a lot of books that haven’t taken off on GuideTookay, however nonetheless deserve the love and a focus of readers. She additionally highlights YA fantasies written by girls of coloration, and reps plenty of Desi authors — each SFF and out of doors the style. (If you’re additionally a romance reader, Ayushi has acquired you coated.)
Last however positively not least, Sayde’s style additionally runs the gamut, and SFF books are in common rotation (typically whereas Sayde wears these cool elven ears). Featured titles vary from beloved books for the mythology children, like Circe and Ariadne, to “existential horror manga” that may spook even probably the most stalwart readers. Sayde additionally has wonderful suggestions for readers who’ve loved plenty of fashionable GuideTookay titles and need to bounce to grownup fantasy books which might be comparable.